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Mike, I was at Fort Gordon when “Thunderball” opened, but I didn’t see it at the Miller. I went to a newer indoor that was just to the east of Augusta – possibly in SC, maybe across a river or bridge. Can you tell me what that was? I think “Boeing-Boeing” was the next attraction.
Mike, I think the changeover to rocking chairs occurred later than May 1966. That’s when I left Augusta. In my memory, the Imperial and the Miller were comparable in comfort but in no way modern back then. The nearby Modjeska was dilapidated by comparison. The only other relatively nearby indoor theater was the Daniel Village, which was new and by far the most comfortable in 1965-(early)66.
Lorcan, I met and spoke with you briefly a couple of times way back when. Talked with your dad almost every one of the many times I visited 80 St. Marks. (As it happens, my first visit was for the live smash, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”) I subscribed to your dad’s film schedules for – whatever – 20-some years.
I appreciate your candid, cogent and articulate explanation of the problems of simply ramping up again. We all remember fondly how it was, not how it could, or couldn’t, be resuscitated today. It was not just chance that all of the many repertory moviehouses in Manhattan died one by one in the video era, including the Regency, Thalia, Hollywood, et al.
Your difficulty getting equipment repaired and maintaining it is something we have all suffered with VCRs, laser disc players, 33 rpm phonographs and so on. It’s annoying and in some respects inexcusable that we’ve become such a disposable culture.
Thank you for your insights. Great success to you.
That had to be an aberration, Mike.
Just a guess on what happened with respect to “Mary Poppins”: When it premiered in August 1964 in LA and opened in other major U.S. markets during the final four months of 1964, it was a roadshow (reserved-seat, two-a-day) attraction. There’s a good chance Augusta did not have an option to get a print until the spring of 1965 by which time it could be the Daniel Village’s inaugural attraction.
Bear in mind that late 1964’s other huge musical release was the roadshow of “My Fair Lady,” which opened later in 1965 for just two weeks at the Daniel Village.
Joe, Have you any idea how to reach Joel Navari, who moved to the Chicago area around 1970? If so, please contact me at
Thanks, Mike and Ray.
Thanks, Mike. I’ll check the Southside. By the way, we have a SouthSide Works Cinema multiplex here in Pittsburgh.
Thanks, Mike. Cannot find CT entries for the Weis Drive-In or the Cloverleaf Drive-In.
Great introduction, Mike. I was there in 1965-66 but remember nothing about it. If I had a mosquito problem there, it wasn’t memorable. When I got to Leesville LA, I frequently attended a drive-in that was a total mosquito pit. Neither spraying nor closed windows helped.
Thank you very much, Mike. I’ll look up the ones you mentioned. Perhaps you’d be kind enough to add notes here and there after conversations with your moviehouse buddies. Some may not have the patience to type comments or many not be sufficiently computer savvy.
Hello, Mike. Obviously you know the area very well. Would you be able to do an inventory of the names and general locations of the three or four drive-ins nearest to Fort Gordon? One I attended was just acrosss the border in South Carolina, but there were at least two near Augusta including one that seemed to be within the cirty limits.
Very interesting, Vinnie. Please do share more memories of the Plaza.
By the way, Preminger’s response to which picture was his favorite or made him proudest, etc., was always, “My latest one.” When you’ve made “Laura,” “The Man With the Giolden Arm,” “Anatomy of a Murder” and “In Harm’s Way,” among others, you can’t pass off “Hurry Sundown” or “Skidoo” or “The Human Factor” as the answer to that question.
Thank you, Mike. I look forward to whatever contributions you can make to the history (and even existence of) Augusta indoor and outdoor theaters.
Truly it’s absurd to plant big trees on certain urban business streets. It’s no service to anyone. Even the trees don’t look right when they’re brushing up against marquees and blocking windows. Common sense be damned.
Not sure if it’s just me, but I haven’t been able to open that file last night or throughout this morning, Yorkville. Would really like to see the photo.
In conjunction with efforts to raise money to renovate and resurrect the Denis, three movies are being shown this summer outdoors at the nearby Parse Way (covered) Pavilion on Washington Road.
“Bringing Up Baby” will run at 9 p.m. June 27, the locally made “The Bread, My Sweet” at 9 p.m. July 25 and “Mad Hot Ballroom” at 9 p.m. Aug. 29.
Very good news. The theater appeared to be in fine condition when I attended during its earlier resurrection. It’s just so difficult to compete for today’s audience with first-run multiplexes. Young moviegoers especially no longer relate to the concept of waiting to see a film at a lower price. It’s all about oopening days and opening weekends no matter what the cost.
The Enright was closed from mid-June 1953 (“Desert Legion” & “Off Limits”) through Christmas 1953 (“Mogambo” & “Blowing Wild”).
It closed again after the mid-May 1957 double bill of “Battle Hymn” and “Rock, Pretty Baby,” unless you count the “live” closed-circuit fights telecast a night or two later.
I believe there was some indication that it was just closed temporarily (a common practice in the moviehouse business), but The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Havold V. Cohen dropped a line into one of his daily columns saying the Enright (probably) wasn’t ever really going to reopen.
The only night it did function again after that was for another one-nighter closed-circuit telecast of boxing matches (daydating with the Penn, the Stanley and the Harris – those three being Downtown) highlighting a title bout between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson on or about March 29, 1958.
“The Desperate Hours” would have opened at the Criterion in October 1955 and possibly played much/most of November.
There is nothing on the site of the former Enright. All of the shops have been razed. It’s a vacant lot.
Does anyone know when the Fine Arts stopped functioning as a moviehouse and even possibly its final film attraction?
And is it still boarded up?
Would a passerby recognize it as a former moviehouse? (Many old theaters had a telltale architecture.)